RVP speaks and shows why he fully deserves to be Arsenal’s captain
Written by Renzo on August 26, 2011 4:30
Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has yet again demonstrated why manager Arsene Wenger was right in promoting him to captain as he spoke like a leader after Wednesday’s win, over Udinese, in Italy.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Holland International started by stressing the importance of reaching the group stage of Europe’s most important competition as he highlighted the financial boost of the win, hoping that this extra money together with the money received from the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will be used for new signings.
On the players’ mental strength, the 28-year old again spoke like a true leader as he was delighted with the performance of the young players but added that it is important to do it every week and in every game.
Asked about the way the players celebrated a very important win, van Persie explained that they danced to the music of Sagna and Djourou’s IPod adding that the players are fully aware of the fact that this is just beginning and not the end.
And on individual performances, the striker concluded by praising winger Gervinho and veteran Tomas Rosicky who were impressive for the Gunners, especially in the second half.
After the game, the captain said:
[How important is this win?] Very important, I think in many ways. Firstly for us, because we are in the Champions League now [and] everyone wants to be part of that.
Secondly, because of financial reasons for the Club and third, I think it can be good for all of us because [after] the departures of Cesc and Samir we got a bit of money and now we got a bit of extra money from tonight’s game. Hopefully we can spend a bit from that.
[Showing character?] Yes, that’s the thing we are mostly proud of. If you look at the guys and their age, what they showed in the second half, that was very promising and I’m really pleased with that commitment.
Sometimes people questioned our mental strength but if you look at tonight’s game we did show mental strength, now it’s up to us to show it every three-four days not just tonight but to do it over and over again, that’s football.
[After the game?] What normally happens on occasions like this is for Bacary Sagna or Johan Djourou [to get out their] IPod and everyone is dancing. It’s fun, which is good but everyone realises that it’s not the end, hopefully just the start of a nice season.
[Gervinho] is always dangerous, dribbling, holding the ball, always looking for a good pass. He picked me this time which was really good, vital, because after our goal you could see that they dropped a bit, Udinese did drop mentally.
[And] Tomas Rosicky’s game was incredible, he came on, he played really well so yeah, it’s great for the team, everyone played well.